Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

This field trip will give B3 students the opportunity to try out gear and new skills on an easy overnight backpack with an experienced mentor.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft

We will meet at the trailhead at 8am.

Driving directions per WTA:
From Quilcene, drive south on Highway 101 for 11 miles to Brinnon, turning right at milepost 306 onto Dosewallips Road.
From Shelton, drive north on US 101 for 41 miles and turn left, 1 mile beyond Dosewallips State Park.
Proceed 8.5 miles to the new vehicle road end. Parking is on the roadside and can be backed up considerably. No toilets available.

Parking Pass:  Northwest Forest Pass

Priority for this trip is for the Summit Sistahs B3 mentor group,  but others may join if there is space available

We will hike along the  old Dose Road bed with a gentle grade that passes through old growth forest, rhododendrons and lush meadows.  There is one washout section where a detour trail takes us up a couple of switchbacks around the washout then back down to the abandoned road.  At 2.7 miles is  Elkhorn Campground where we will have a snack and short break.  We will continue on to the Campground and Ranger Station at 6.5 miles.  There is ample camping room with food lockers for safe and dry storage, so you do not need to bring a bear cannister.

Water is able to be filtered from the nearby river.

Here is a link with more information on the trail:

This hike will follow the Mountaineers hiking guidelines for COVID-19 that apply on the date of this trip.

All participants will be required to have a face covering ready to pull up at the trailhead, and will be asked to be familiar with and follow the Mountaineers Covid-19 guidelines for trip.

For the group's safety, every participant is asked to commit to conservative covid behavior  prior to the trip


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, plus overnight gear as specified by the trip leader

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